DUST COLLECTION SYSTEM- EXPENSE OR INVESTMENT?
From manufacturing plants to automotive shops to woodwork shops, a dust collection system can do wonders for improving air quality; they can remove the smallest of airborne composites emitted into the air during the production process. While a well-engineered dust collector on paper may appear as a hefty business expense, they are actually a business investment due to the much added value overall. Aside from the obvious improvement to air quality, dust collection systems also increase productivity, prolong the life of machinery, save energy, and avoid costly fines from government agencies like the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Initial Dust Collection Systems Costs
Some years ago, before dust collectors and dust management in manufacturing and industrial plants was enhanced, many companies would have large exhaust fans installed in exterior walls to draw out the dust particles generated from sanding, grinding, and trimming of materials; this method of dust management was quite simple and inexpensive, but it was not truly effective and was not effective enough in improving air quality. Once the government agencies like the EPA and OSHA stepped in and began to enforce particulate emission control, shops and plants were required to drastically improve their air quality both inside and outside of the facility. From that point on, dust collection has become part of the manufacturing process and a necessary business expense. Although the initial dust collection systems costs appear to be an expense some companies don’t always want to endure, without an effective dust collector designed and installed, companies can face many fines from not meeting government regulations.
The Investment of a Dust Collection System
Not only will an industrial dust collector help your manufacturing business meet government regulations for dust particle emission control, but a dust collection system is an investment that adds value to your company in many other ways. With clean, fresh air that is easy to breathe and see through provided by an AirWall dust collector, your employees will be working in a healthy environment that allows them to work efficiently for longer periods of time before having to take breaks. Also, because the air will be much cleaner, your employees will have less health issues relating to air quality work conditions, which can drastically reduce your number of worker compensation claims; you will have lower costs for workers compensation insurance.
The investment in a dust collection system will also be better for your machinery and equipment. When particles of dust and excess from the manufacturing process get into the air, the particles get into machinery, equipment, and computer systems which can damage them. A piece of equipment or computer that is clean works more efficiently, is less likely to overheat, and can last for many more years than a machine that is dirty and has built up dust inside of it. Dust collection systems also save energy for shops and manufacturing plants; the dust collector will remove the particles from the air before they enter the HVAC system. If dust and other particles get into the duct work, filters, heater or air conditioner, they wear down the machine causing it to work harder to keep the facility cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
With so many benefits of dust collection systems for manufacturing plants and shops, the initial costs can be made up in cost savings in as little as one to two years, and will quickly become a smart business investment. A dust collector can be designed specifically for any type of industry and level of use. Specifically, the AirWall dust collection systems designed, installed, and maintained by Envirosystems Group provide top level service, performance, and value for every dust collector need.